ABOUT THE ISAAC BRUCE FOUNDATION

HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Off the field, Isaac is one of the classiest and most giving athletes in the NFL. Isaac truly makes a difference in people's lives through his work with local schools and by donating his time and money to various charitable causes. He launched the Isaac Bruce Foundation in 2006 which focuses on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and education. Through the Foundation, Isaac reaches out to youth and teaches them at an early age the importance of a healthy lifestyle with a focus on education.

Flight 300 Program

The Isaac Bruce Foundation’s Flight 300 Program provides transportation to college bound students in need. When Isaac graduated high school, he had a scholarship to a junior college in California, but he needed to find a way to get there. He was provided money for a flight and is now making that difference for students in need. The IBF launched the program in 2014. Students must be referred and recommended by school guidance counselors or other school administrators. One of the Flight 300 Program students explained, “I was accepted to Yale University on a full ride but the cost to get to New Haven was more than my family could afford. The Isaac Bruce Foundation provided a way for me to get to there.” Applications are available each spring by emailing info@isaacbruce.org. The deadline for applications is the beginning of July.

Free Football Clinic

Each summer, the Isaac Bruce Foundation hosts a free football clinic for St. Louis area kids. The free clinic provides youth the opportunity to work on their football skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills, while building self-esteem both on and off the field. Each participant receives a T-shirt and refreshments as well as has the opportunity to meet Isaac. The clinics are open to the public. Space is limited to the first 500 participants to register. Bruce started the clinics in 2007. Registration is available under the “Events” section in April of each year.

Scholarship Program

Each year, the Isaac Bruce Foundation Scholarship Presented by Ameren Corporation is awarded. Isaac started the scholarship program in 2008. In order to apply for the scholarships, students must be college bound high school seniors and must have minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale). The application includes a typewritten personal essay (500 words or less) on “How the Isaac Bruce Foundation Scholarship Will Assist Me in Fulfilling My College Goals”, student biography, academic record of achievement, personal recommendation from two sources, and proof of acceptance and enrollment at an accredited college or vocational school.

As a senior at Dillard High School in Florida, Isaac Bruce was active in his community and school. His grades were not high enough to qualify for most scholarships but he knew he wanted to further his education. He attended West Los Angeles College and Santa Monica College before transferring to Memphis State in 1992 on a football scholarship and went on to have a successful career.

Applications are available in February of each year by emailing info@isaacbruce.org. The deadline for applications is the beginning of April.

Literacy Efforts

In an effort to get students to love books at an early age, the Isaac Bruce Foundation proudly partners with Ready Readers to donate books to underserved preschool students in the St. Louis area. Ready Readers is a St. Louis nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire preschool-age children from low-income communities to become readers. In most cases, the donated books are the first book a child has they can call their own.

LIn 2016, the IBF made a $50,000 commitment to the St. Louis Public Schools to provide new, relevant, high-interest literature back to the libraries in the SLPS schools. When the St. Louis Public Schools lost accreditation in 2007, the funding for libraries across the district stopped so focus and resources could be given to other areas. As a result, school library collections are aging, and periodical subscriptions were stagnant. The average collection age for an SLPS middle school is 1995. With the commitment from the IBF, the schools are now able to purchase new books for the first time in many years and the students could not be more excited! The grant is part of the IBF’s continuing commitment to literacy and education in the St. Louis area.

Charitable Merchandise Program

Through the Isaac Bruce Foundation’s Charitable Merchandise program, Isaac donates autographed items for other 501c3 charitable organizations to use as a raffle or auction item. A donation request form can be found at by clicking here. Organizations return the form with a copy of the 501c3 determination letter and an event flyer to the IBF. Requests should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the event. The Isaac Bruce Foundation is honored to be able to help other charities raise money through this program.

For more information on the Isaac Bruce Foundation, call 314-369-4074 or contact us. Follow Isaac on Twitter (@IsaacBruce80) and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isaacbrucefoundation to keep up with Isaac and the Foundation.